More from the liberal media
Eric Alterman has written extensively on the false claims of liberal media bias. He seems to be on the correct side of most issues, but here's a clip from his latest post:
If you wanted to find the root problem of how and why the Bush administration has screwed up the world, the answer I think lies less in the fact of 9-11 than in the opportunity that 9-11 gave the neocons to implement a strategy they that long sought. This is not even remotely to say the same thing as the fact that they planned or allowed 9-11 to happen. (I once had to leave the Air America studio while co-hosting with Janeane G because she was buying into this argument sans, of course, evidence.) It is merely to note that had it not been 9-11, it would likely have been something else. And you can find its most pristine expression here from the man Matt Y called "America's Worst Pundit," Charles Krauthammer, who announced in February 2001: "America is no mere international citizen. It is the dominant power in the world, more dominant than any since Rome. Accordingly, America is in a position to reshape norms, alter expectations and create new realities. How? By unapologetic and implacable demonstrations of will."
Am I the only one who detects more than a whiff of fascism in this naked celebration of the triumph of "will"?
I'm as regretful as anyone for the various catastrophes visited upon the innocent, including our own soldiers, by the administration's myriad failures to do anything right at all in Iraq, but just imagine what might have been in store had they gotten their "cakewalk." Hubris like that expressed by Krauthammer, and embraced by the ruling elite of this nation, is an engraved invitation to humiliation, whether by "God" or by the natural laws of history and the universe as we know it. How sad, from the point of simple justice, that Krauthammer and his ilk will suffer not even a fraction of the consequences visited on the soldiers, their families, the Iraqis, and all the other people who die, are maimed, or simply see their lives ruined as a result. And what a colossal indictment of our political culture that such talk was ever taken seriously (particularly without the excuse of 9-11 -- which by 2003, to be honest, was not really much of an excuse anymore).
He gets how the PNAC crowd capitalized on the events of 9/11, but he can't even bring himself to consider that it was more than mere coincidence that they took place when and how they did. Not only that, he has to make a big point about how he walked out of an Air America appearance because Janeane Garofolo seemed open to 911 Truth.
This is what we are up against, time and time again.